Arts & Culture

Wise Owl bookstore, coffee house and wine bar hosts monthly poetry night in Cambria

The monthly Poets & Storytellers night at the Wise Owl in Cambria continues at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, with award-winning poet Maddie Mori.

Set for the second Wednesday of each month, Poets & Storytellers begins with readings by a featured poet, followed by open reading.

Mori is currently a student at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, finishing up a degree in Wine and Viticulture. It was during her studies at Cal Poly in the classes of James Cushing and Kevin Clark that she discovered her voice and confidence in poetry.

Her work has been influenced greatly by the two major cities of her native California, San Francisco, where she was born and primarily raised, and Los Angeles, and of her Japanese-American heritage, another lifelong inspiration and quest for illumination.

Her poem “Ten Cents”, an ode to American folk-singer Karen Dalton, recently won the Academy of American Poets University contest at Cal Poly and she is planning to pursue a master of fine arts degree in creative writing.

The Wise Owl bookstore/wine bar/coffee shop/performance venue is at 2164 Center St. in East Village, just west of Robin’s Restaurant. Admission is free; attendees must be at least 21 years old. For more, go to or call 927-8888.